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Latest ARCA News Magazine available online

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of the ARCA News magazine.

This 60 page issue covers news from the asbestos management industry, ARCA award winners, a new member benefit and the first candidate to gain the ARCA ILM qualification.

Did you know ARCA has formed a new specialist interest group? Do you know how some of ARCA members and staff supported the Charity Week in October?

Read the latest issue of the journal for the asbestos management industry online

ARCA announces new Specialist Interest Group

Asbestos equipment manufacturing & testing companies support initiative

ARCA is pleased to announce the formation of a new specialist interest group to provide a forum for, and a better link between, its Associate Members in the equipment manufacturing and testing sector.

“Earlier this year we sought expressions of interest in establishing this group and the response was excellent,” stated Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA). “We held the inaugural meeting last month, with nine companies represented, and discussed the needs of the sector and that the main objective of the group would be to give a voice to this industry sector.”

“The ultimate goal is to provide a forum to bring this industry sector closer to its customers and provide ARCA Members (asbestos removal contractors) with better information, such as, best practice in the selection and use of plant equipment and testing providers.”

First candidate to gain ARCA ILM Qualification

Congratulations to Chris Dobson on being the first candidate to gain the ARCA ILM qualification.

To gain the ARCA ILM Leadership and Management qualification Chris passed all four units (which took the form of classroom sessions and assignments) which covered; communications management, risk management, developing people and managing people in the workplace.

“I’m delighted to have gained this ILM qualification and in the time I set myself!” said Chris Dobson, Health, Safety and Quality Manager for Thompsons of Prudhoe.

“I was looking for a further management qualification, so when I heard about the ILM qualification developed by ARCA, it was ideal. I enjoyed the topics and the challenge. I’d like to thank my tutor, James, who was very supportive throughout the whole process, and my employer for encouraging staff development.”

“Now I’m keen to submit my application for membership to the Asbestos Removal Management Institute (ARMI).”

Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, met Chris at the Association’s North East Regional Meeting last week. “It’s fantastic to see the commitment Chris has shown in gaining this qualification in the time he has and the support he has had from our member Thompsons of Prudhoe. I had pleasure in talking to him about the ARMI application process.”

Information on the ARCA ILM Qualification can be found on the ARCA website

ARCA hosts Japanese delegation

On Friday, 25th November 2016, Steve Sadley and Satish Patel had the honour and privilege to receive a Japanese delegation.

The delegation included members of the Asbestos Surveyors Association (ASA) Japan, an occupational health consultant, journalists who write on environmental issues, a researcher and their translator who works for an analyst laboratory in Japan.

The meeting started with a technical discussion, aimed at expanding ideas on asbestos removal practices and the skills required by asbestos removal workers in the UK. The delegates had visited the HSL research labs in Buxton the day before and were keen to see in practice the ventilation of enclosures and how this can be used as a control measure.

The delegation toured the training facilities at Burton and were impressed with the provision allocated to deliver quality training. In particular, the approach of using water based showers in DCUs as opposed to air showers, which are used in Japan.

The entire team went away with a good understanding of the standards within the UK’s asbestos removal industry and how ARCA supports its members.

Following this visit Aspect Contracts arranged for the delegation to visit asbestos removal sites.

Clarke’s Environmental receives ARCA National Training Award 2016

At the ARCA Annual General Meeting Clarke’s Environmental was presented with the ARCA National Training Award.

The National Training Award 2015/2016 was received as Clarke’s trained 29 asbestos removal operatives and/or supervisors with ARCA, and their candidates achieved the highest average score across all candidates trained in this period.

“Congratulations to the team at Clarke’s Environmental. Candidates collectively scored an average of 95.7% which is a great achievement,” commented Satish Patel, ARCA Training Manager.